Go to the Google map to see where they are now or go to last year's walk page.
They will be sending in short reports from the walk and an occasional picture (when bandwidth is available) about every 2 hours. Watch for them here. The Google Map will be updated more frequently from their Google Latitude automated location feeds. Newest report will always be at the top of this page.
Total round trip elapsed time 40 hr 50 min; distance of 131.46 miles
Elapsed time from San Antonio to Austin of 8 hr 25 min; distance biked of 65.43 miles; avg 7.8 mph.
Final comments from David (Sunday afternoon):
My journey, our journey
“We did it”!!!....; I did not write during the journey but now, almost recovered from the whole endeavor, I feel I definitely need to share what it all meant for me.
"Why did “YOU” go?”, is probably the first question some may be asking. And the answer is simple, it was because I have never done it before or even considered it but, I can walk, I can ride a bike, so I was meeting the first two basic requirements. The decision…, just a little tease from Thomas, Darren and Kevin about two weeks before the day of leaving and I said “you know what?...yes I am going to go too”… but those two weeks, for some reason turned into days of excitement and encouragement from Thomas and Stacey while getting ready with the minimum things I was going to need…yeah I was shopping!!
It has been extremely gratifying to spend two days with friends, and see how four people leave on a journey with a goal; and hour by hour, going through the same pains, talking, listening or just walking next to someone in silence the group solidifies. I will not be able to describe here how it really feels when a blister bursts inside your shoes while on the go, or how they hurt after you start walking again after a simple 15 minutes stop; but when Jim, Thomas or Stacey screamed about any of that, I knew exactly what that “OUCH”,”OW” single noise meant.
Was it tough? Yes, very much!!! But I managed though, and I am still trying to figure it out. What can I say, one always hears that you need to prepare yourself or be a semi athlete to do things like this, and I did not do or I am any of that. I am not a real regular at the gym, I walk my dogs for an hour maximum, but as a joke we said that maybe all the years I have spent going out to dance floors have paid off??? Anyway definitely this experience has been more valuable and also has been the perfect excuse to get back to the gym more often, now that I definitely know that “I can do it”!!
But is not all about how fit you are, and believe me I know, cause I am not in the best of shapes compared to Thomas, Stacey or Jim, as you know. And we always hear about self-determination, motivation, encouragement and all those self-help words in books and speeches. Well in my case I have come to realize that they are true words, and the media that worked for me to firmly believe in them has been to put myself through the San Antonio experience.
I have to give a big THANK YOU to Thomas, because he talked to me and found what I needed to drink and eat when I almost gave up with just a few miles to go.
And a big THANK YOU to Stacey because after I managed to recover from the down, he walked next to me in silent most of the time, hehe J
And a big THANK YOU to Jim because he let me know how well I was doing on the ride back and gave me all sort of tips to ride better – I did not think I could have done all the ride back to be honest, but again, it was one of those things, it was just what I had in my mind after we left San Antonio.
A big THANK YOU to the ladies sitting next to us at Chuy’s for all the encouragement when I was saying that I did not think I could ride back.
A big THANK YOU to the staff at Chuy’s for the food, attention, appreciation of what we were doing and fixing my bike – in case they read this – Muchisimas gracias amigos, aprecio mucho todo el esfuerzo que hicisteis en reparar la cadena de la bicicleta”.
A big THANK YOU to everyone that followed us on the amazing blog that Earl created and updated with so much dedication; and from the feedback I was having, believe me that all the words of encouragement and comments on how much I had personally achieved were felt and were part of the help I needed to finish when I thought I couldn't. And thank you Michelle for the water and the 2 visits.
So THANK YOU to ya’ll for after all make me believe that I could do it.
Finally, here is what I really found out. I looked at the big picture with some naivety but with conviction that it could be done. I got myself into it and was impressed of how much I was accomplishing. I got to a breakdown and almost gave up near the end but with help and looking at the picture again I adjusted my own personal strategy. The goal was still to finish this trip and back, but from then on I was looking down at the road and finding a post, a stain of tar on the pavement, a stone, a piece of broken tire, a road sign or anything that would be 100 yards away, and once I got to it I will see it go pass and my eyes would go to the next until we got to San Antonio. On the bike, where amazingly my legs did not hurt as much as my….ermm, cant’s say that here…I did the same and every downhill where you could coast at high speed and feel the air going fast was a reward that was bringing us back home. My friend Eric has told me that what I did is called meditation.
Now the facts:
- I have about 12 blisters on my feet
- I wore my new shoes for 3 days for about 3 hours – I know
Thomas, I know – before using them for this
- 5 hours energy extreme bottles and a coke work to get you
out of an I almost give up situation
- I had to do the whole ride back on second gear on the
pedals cause it was broken.
- Nothing other than the blisters on my feet hurts right
- I have 3 new friends and next year there will be more San Antonio idiots like me I hope to join the group.
Anybody that thinks that wants to do this next year but does not believe they can, please let me know, send me questions, let’s go for lunch and talk about it, I will be more than happy to help you the same as I was helped to believe that “it can be done”!
Final comments from Thomas (Saturday afternoon):
Thanks to Amy and Diana for being so nice and friendly and making our Chuys visit fun. It was nice meeting you two and we look forward to you two possibly joining this adventure next year.
1:05 AM Saturday:
Arrived back at the office. Once again hugh crowds were there to greet them, but alas it was so dark the crowds don't show up in these pictures.
12:40 AM Saturday:
Arrived at Chuy's. They were closed by then but some staff was still there working to welcome the riders.
11:45 PM they were at I35 and Slaughter Lane.
8:00 PM: They are near the outlet mall, approaching San Marcos. They are too busy pedaling to stop and give frequent updates.
Follow their location on the map.
4:41 PM Friday update from Thomas:
The time spent at Chuys was amazing. We met some great people that took care of us. More to come on that later. Right now, it's time to come home.
(Heading back to Chuy's Austin via bikes that were carried down to Chuy's before the walk started.)
3:20 PM update from Thomas (at Chuy's in Selma):
We are here! Food and margaritas here we come.
Some of you might be thinking we are celebrating a little early since we still have a 68 mile bike ahead of us. Well, when you've had to walk 68 miles in 30 hours, to bike the same distance in 5 or 6 hours is a piece of cake.
The manager on duty, Baer, has greeted us very warmly along with the other employees. They have been great!!!
We are ordering now. They've already brought us our margaritas and water. The margaritas went down fast and were great. Jim and I are having the Elvis Presley Memorial plate, following rule #1 "Man Up".
I'm already looking forward to next year!!!
We'll send more after we eat.
Arrival at Chuy's in San Antonio - elapsed time 30 hr 30 min; distance walked of 66.03 miles; avg 2.16 mph
2:44 PM Friday update from Stacey:
This one is in the books!
Home in 8 hours, it is hot!
2:06 PM update from Thomas:
We are less than a mile a way. These last 4 miles seemed to have taken an eternity. Its like we were moving in slow motion! Oh wait, we are moving in slow motion. More to come when we get to the door.
12:59PM update from Stacey:
If you wanted to come, now is the time!
12:15 PM update from Thomas:
If any of you still play the slug bug game, then you'd appreciate the joy I've had hitting everyone. I think I've only missed one or two on this whole trip. I wonder if bug owners play this game?
Oh, 5 miles to go!
David is doing much better and I've seen a few smiles. We are so going to make this!
11:38 AM update from Thomas:
We are almost there, however, we have some blisters that are doing everything they can to keep us from getting to Chuys. They may win the battle, but we will win the war!!!
11:37 AM update from Stacey:
Blisters are growing.
10:35 AM update from Thomas:
Passing the Snake Farm.
10:20 AM Friday update from Thomas:
We have 9 miles left. In reality, we've completed 50% of the walk. Getting through these next 9 miles will be equivalent to the first 58. Jim and Stacey are moving really well. David is in a low funk right now. His spirits are low. He's feeling the physical effects as well as the mental battle. These last few miles won't come free and easy. He's going to have to earn these! He's been a trooper and I still think he's going to complete this. He's carried the biggest smile through this whole thing until now, but I know once we see that Chuy's sign, we'll see that smile again.
The wind heading North is strong. Hopefully it stays that way for us to get our bikes. Then we'll be flying back to Austin.
9:38 AM update from Stacey:
Found a 20 on the road. How cool is that?
9:36 AM update from Stacey:
Wow, I need to figure out a way to not overeat at lunch or I will die on the bike. At around 11 can you call the chuys in selma and give them a heaads up for us. David is is crisis mode, truly impressive!
7:41 AM update from Thomas:
At about 3:50, we made the decision to stop and sleep for a couple hours. We slept for 3 hours. It was so needed and amazingly, even though I'm sure none of us slept for the whole 3 hours, whatever time we did sleep for was enough to re-energize our bodies, almost as if we had slept a whole night.
Our motel this year was an abandoned house that Stacey and I slept in the back of, last year, however, this year, they must have expected us. The back of the house was torn down and opened, so we got out of the cold and slept in the living room part. It felt so much warmer inside than the outside 57 degree weather, but that didn't last long. It seems going for almost 20 hours impairs your judgement, just a little. We left a door opened which allowed the cold to come in, and did it ever get cold. This was the kind of cold that goes to your bones. I sure could of used my leather jacket.
It was tough to get up and get moving. We've been walking for about 20 minutes now and its cold, but we're warming up. We have 17 miles left. We should arrive at Chuys by 1:30pm, hopefully, barring no major blister problems or any other major things that might come up.
The surprise through all of this has got to be with
David. Not only is there a chance that
he's going to make it, but he is most definitely going to make it. He's doing real well. He's been a motivator to us all.
2:00 AM Friday morning update from Thomas:
We've arrived at the Texas Ski Ranch. We are wearing down, but pressing on to cover as many miles as we can for as long as we can. We are 7 miles from New Braunfels. Jim had a terrible blister on his right foot that popped about 40 minutes ago. We've doctored him up as best as we could. I also had a big blister develop on the ball of my right foot as everyone else. I guess we should have taped like we did last year.
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11:49 PM Update from Thomas:
We are all tired and the exhaustion is hitting us hard. Stacey is refusing to rest and he's right. Its better for us to cover the miles now and rest later, than rest now and have to cover the miles in the heat. We have about 27 miles left. David is having some right knee pains. We've wrapped it and he's not letting it stop him. We are still moving forward at about 3 miles per hour.
11:39 PM update from Stacey:
We reached the outlet mall. Davids knee is acting up. My blisters are horrible. We need to get another 16 mile before we rest. We have basically a marathon to go. The pain is impressive, but it is a beautiful night. We are all dreading the mid 50's it will reach. You can assume cuddling will occur. See you guys later!
9:57 PM update from Thomas:
8:35 PM update from Thomas:
6:27 PM update from Thomas:
6:07 PM update from Thomas:
5:00 PM update from Thomas:
Honeymoon is over!
Since we are at Dairy Queen, Jim wanted to order a plate
of ice cream so he could stick his feet into it. David, Stacey, and Jim have developed
blisters. I don't have any yet, but I do
feel some areas where some might develop.
The pavement seems to be baking our feet. We are starting to move slower already. The pace is slowing. I don't have any major issues yet, other than the heat
and trying to keep enough cold water in me. The thought of the Elvis Presley Memorial plate at Chuys
tomorrow is giving us something to look forward to and a reason to keep
At 4:00 the group is just entering Kyle - about 1 hour behind schedule.
4:03 PM update from Stacey:
Blister on right foot, on the pad, size of a dollar coin. Feel much better than last year. Chuys is sounding sweet! Not too hot. Beef jerky was a mistake but ice cream cone was amazing! Hands are swollen, very odd.
4:00 PM update from Thomas:
We are in Kyle. I think we are about 24 miles in. Only 43.37 more miles of walking to go before we get our Chuy's and margaritas. We've stopped a few times to get water. We are going through water like crazy. We are feeling tired. Remarkably, David is still feeling great. I think he'd make a good ultrarunner. Jim and David are somewhat naive, but Stacey and I are anticipating what will be coming next.
2:00 PM update from Thomas:
We stopped at McDonalds in Buda, across from Cabelas. Stacey, Jim, and David were craving ice cream. Stacey is having a double cheese burger as well, with extra pickles. What other activity can you do where this type of food is considered a good source of fuel? Everyone is still feeling good and in high spirits.
1:39 PM update from Thomas:
We have left Austin and entered Buda. The sign was on the other side of the freeway, so I just took a picture of the Austin sign behind us.
1:25 PM update from Thomas:
Cabelas is in sight, about 2 miles away. We are moving good and making great time so far. We've done over a half marathon. Conversations have ranged from war stories, solving the politcal problems ( I won't discuss those details), and just ragging on each other. Stacey is looking into a blister that seems to be starting on the ball of his foot. More to come later.
12:10 update from Thomas:
11:06 update from Thomas:
Coming up on 35 and William Cannon. Its been almost 3 hours. Its quieter now. Everyone is still feeling good, but even Stacey has found time to stop talking.
9:55 am update from Thomas:
We arrived at 35 and Riverside at 9:45am. We are finally heading South. Everyone is feeling good. Its heating up a bit. Lots of smiles, laughter, joking around, and repeating movie quotes. All of this will end in about 6 hours. : )
Leaving Chuy's in Austin at 9:00 AM Thursday:
Barton Springs Road at 8:55 AM Thursday:
The second annual walk from Austin to San Antonio has begun.
They are off at 8:15 AM Thursday, April 28:
(It doesn't show in this picture but there were hundreds of supporters and press all over for the start of this years race ;)
Leave TIN's building in Austin at 8:00 Thursday morning, April 28.
Arrive at Chuy's on Barton Springs Rd by 8:40 AM...
Arrive at Chuy's on I-35 at Loop 1604 in Selma (San Antonio) Friday afternoon.
Watch this site for status updates and join them for a meal at Chuy's in San Antonio before they head back.
Bike home to Chuy's in Austin arriving late Friday, April 30 (or maybe early Saturday morning).